AF Biographies

This database holds biographical information on Air Force leaders, active duty, Reserve and retired general officers; current senior executives; secretaries of the Air Force; and chief master sergeants of the Air Force. Air Force Biographies may not have been prepared for some general officers before retirement. If a name is not listed, an Air Force biography is not available. For biography changes and updates please send an e-mail to Air Force Biographies from a .mil e-mail address. 

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Deborah Lee James 
Secretary of the Air Force 
Gen. Mark A. Welsh III 
Air Force Chief of Staff (AF/CC)
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Vice Chief of Staff (AF/CV)
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090916-F-JZ029-427 MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM T. SMITH
Retired   August 01, 1969   Died  July 10, 1998
William Thomas Smith, chief of staff, Air Force Communications Service, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., was born Aug. 19, 1913 in Detroit, Mich. He attended the Detroit public schools, graduated from Eastern High School in 1930, and attended the University of Detroit. In 1932 he joined the Michigan National Guard and three years later won a competitive
4/23
2003
090916-F-JZ029-426 BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLARD W. SMITH
Retired   July 31, 1963   Died  May 12, 1995
Willard Wright Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1910. He spent his early life in north Texas, starting school in El Paso. He graduated from high school in Corvallis, Ore., in June 1928, and from Oregon State College in June 1934 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering majoring in aeronautical engineering. He was
4/23
2003
110310-F-JZ022-350 GENERAL WILLIAM Y. SMITH
Retired   July 31, 1983
General William Y. Smith is deputy commander in chief Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. General Smith was born in 1925, in Hot Springs, Ark., where he graduated from high school in 1943. He spent one year at Washington and Lee University Va., then entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He graduated in
4/23
2003
051205-F-JZ508-351 GENERAL LANCE L. SMITH
Retired   January 01, 2008
Gen. Lance L. Smith is Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, Norfolk, Va. As Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, he is responsible for maximizing present and future military capabilities of the United States by leading the transformation of joint forces in the areas of joint training, joint
6/23
2005
Default Air Force Logo MAJOR GENERAL DAVID R. SMITH
Retired   January 05, 2002
Major General David R. Smith is commander, 10th Air Force, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas. He manages all Air Force Reserve air refueling and fighter units in the United States, which, if mobilized, will be gained either by Air Mobility Command or Air Combat Command.General Smith was born in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from Ithaca (N.Y.) High
5/04
2010
130514-F-JZ003-050 BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES F. SMITH
Retired   June 30, 2014   Died  September 29, 2014
Brig. Gen. James F. Smith is the mobilization assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He assists in developing, integrating, evaluating and analyzing the Air Force's long range plans and the five-year, $604 billion U.S. Air Force Future Years Defense Program to support
10/24
2014
111024-F-JZ018-585 BRIGADIER GENERAL JEFFRY F. SMITH
Retired   September 01, 2012
Brig. Gen. Jeffry F. Smith is the Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. He is responsible for all functions relating to strategic planning, establishing requirements, and securing programming for our nation's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, B-2 and B-52
10/24
2011
Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL LUTHER STEVENS SMITH
Retired   August 31, 1946   Died  May 28, 1974
Luther Stevens Smith was born in North Carolina in 1901. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy June 12, 1924, and commissioned a second lieutenant of Air Service.He entered Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas, and continued on to the Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, graduating in September 1925. Assigned to the 94th
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2011
SmithWFeb2014 BRIGADIER GENERAL WADE R. SMITH

Brig. Gen. Wade R. Smith is the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Defense Contract Management Agency, Fort Lee, Va. He is responsible for advising the director on Total Force employment capabilities to support and further DCMA’s mission success. In addition, he provides specialized technical and management advice to the director and senior
12/03
2013
SmithJune2014 BRIGADIER GENERAL SCOTT F. SMITH

Brig. Gen. Scott F. Smith is the Inspector General, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He leads a selectively manned unit inspecting the command's readiness by validating and verifying commanders’ inspection programs; oversees unit effectiveness inspections, nuclear surety inspections, and nuclear operational
9/19
2012
130903-F-XX000-004 BRIGADIER GENERAL DIRK D. SMITH

Brig. Gen. Dirk D. Smith is the Deputy Director for Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.As the Deputy Director for Operations, he is the deputy principal military operations adviser to USPACOM Commander for joint/combined military operation in USPACOM.  In this position, he monitors the disposition and readiness
12/12
2014
130417-F-JZ003-983 CRAIG A. SMITH

Craig A. Smith, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence, International and Military Affairs, Office of the Air Force General Counsel, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for providing legal advice to the Secretary of the Air Force, the assistant secretaries, the General Counsel and officials of the
4/17
2013
030707-F-JZ509-689 BRIGADIER GENERAL ANDREW W. SMOAK
Retired   August 01, 2001
Brig. Gen. Andrew W. Smoak is deputy director, Plans and Customer Operations Directorate, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Reston, Va. NIMA is a combat support agency jointly chartered by the secretary of defense and the director of central intelligence. The agency is the central authority for imagery and mapping in the U.S. government. It
4/23
2003
060503-F-JZ507-349 MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT L. SMOLEN
Retired   November 01, 2007   Died  May 18, 2014
Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen is Commander, Air Force District of Washington, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. The Air Force District of Washington provides the single Air Force voice and component to the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region, as well as organizes, trains and equips combat forces for the aerospace expeditionary forces,
12/01
2004
091201-F-JZ028-314 BRIGADIER GENERAL MARVIN T. "TOM" SMOOT JR.
Retired   August 01, 2011
Brig. Gen. Marvin T. "Tom" Smoot Jr. is the Commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va. He leads a highly qualified faculty and staff in the education of national security professionals to plan and execute joint, multinational, and interagency operations to instill a primary commitment to joint, multinational,
7/02
2007
110310-F-JZ022-349 MAJOR GENERAL JAMES P. SMOTHERMON
Retired   June 01, 1988
Major General James P. Smothermon is director of operations, Defense Nuclear Agency, Alexandria, Va. General Smothermon was born in 1935, in Blytheville, Ark., and graduated from Blytheville High School in 1953. He attended the University of Arkansas prior to entering the aviation cadet program in October 1954. He earned a bachelor's degree in
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2003
090916-F-JZ029-425 LIEUTENANT GENERAL WILLIAM W. SNAVELY
Retired   September 01, 1975
Lieutenant General William Wayne Snavely is the deputy chief of staff for systems and logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for all Air Force logistics support, which includes procurement policy, maintenance engineering, transportation, supply and services and foreign military assistance and sales. General
4/23
2003
Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL RALPH ADEL SNAVELY
Retired   July 31, 1953
Ralph Adel Snavely was born in Aurora, Mo., in 1898. He served as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve from December 1918 to April 1919 and graduated from Teachers' College of Missouri in 1921, after which he engaged in commercial aviation.General Snavely was appointed a second lieutenant in the Air Service of the Regular Army Jan. 5, 1923, and
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2011
090916-F-JZ029-424 BRIGADIER GENERAL CHARLES H. SNIDER
Retired   August 01, 1971   Died  January 28, 1992
Brigadier General Charles H. Snider is the U.S. Air Force assistant surgeon general for veterinary services. He provides professional assistance to the Air Force surgeon general on all veterinary matters and is responsible for the technical administration of the Veterinary Service. General Snider was born in 1917, in East St. Louis, Ill. He
4/23
2003
080805-F-JZ034-250 MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL A. SNODGRASS
Retired   December 01, 2011
Maj. Gen. Michael A. Snodgrass is the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. International Affairs is responsible for formulating and integrating Air Force policy with respect to political-military relationships, security assistance, technology and
8/17
2005
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